Florida football: Gators in contact with AAC Defensive Player of the Year in the transfer portal

Florida is after Trey Moore, who had a great season with the UTSA Roadrunners
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Florida football has shifted its focus entirely to the transfer portal with the early signing period behind them, and have some holes to fill before we get to 2024.

One of those gaps where Billy Napier needs another body is at outside linebacker/EDGE, where Princely Umanmielen played last season.

The Gators are targeting and have been in contact with Trey Moore, a UTSA transfer originally from San Antonio, Texas.

Florida is just one of 53 schools that have reached out to him, and the Gators will need to put together quite the recruiting pitch to get him to Gainesville.

Florida football: Land the difference makers

The Gators have landed some very solid players in the transfer portal to this point in the cycle, with names like Joey Slackman and Chimere Dike standing out.

But in order for this portal class to truly be effective, they need to be able to land true difference makers that will come in and turn heads on day one. Moore is one of those guys.

Trey was the AAC Defensive Player of the Year this season in his redshirt sophomore campaign, totaling 45 tackles, 14 sacks, a forced fumble, and an interception.

At 6'3''-235, Moore has the size to bully offensive linemen in the trenches, and has proven he mixes that with the athleticism required to make plays down the field and track down QBs outside of the pocket.

Florida does have some ground to make up, as On3 currently predicts that Moore will end up with his home state Texas Longhorns.

Now that the Gators have actually hired a DL coach, their pitch to linemen in the portal is made even better. Moore knows who he'll be coached by, and can walk in to a starting role on day one in the SEC.

If Florida can make a move on Trey, he could be their signature signing in this year's transfer portal class.